global-security-seminarWhen: Thursday, May 20, 2010, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
Contact
: RSVP to bennettramberg@aol.com by May 19, 11am with your selection of
$33 dinner/$38 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.

Topic

Ten years ago, al-Qaeda said this is where they wanted to be. There are a growing number of Americans who grow up experiencing the benefits of freedom, yet choose to become radical Islamists bent on destroying property, killing Americans and if necessary, dying in the process. This particular brand of terrorist poses unique threats. They are U.S. citizens. They are harder to identify. They represent the “nightmare” threat scenario. Recent terrorism events have magnified a critical question. How can we do a more effective job of identifying and capturing these terrorists before they strike? This presentation will illustrate our increasing understanding of the social networking aspects of terrorist planning and how to exploit opportunities for disruption. How does this evolve and what are the associated suspicious activities? Our ability to identify and connect the dots is critical to reducing the transnational threat of terrorism  Recent successful operations abroad would suggest something in the intelligence community is clearly working. Is it possible to facilitate even greater success, as it relates to locating these elusive, high-value Americans living among us? Can we improve our ability to connect the dots and what is your role in responding to this emerging threat?

Speaker

Erroll G. Southers is a former Presidential nominee for Director of the Transportation Security Agency, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director of the California Office of Homeland Security and FBI Special Agent. He currently serves as Associate Director of the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California and Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy. Southers is the Managing Director of Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection for TAL Global Corporation. He earned his BA degree from Brown University and MPA from USC. He is a Senior Fellow of the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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